Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It is just few days to Christmas! May the Joy of the season become your portion! The Lord can quench any thirst you may be experiencing in your family because He said: … If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink…He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow RIVERS OF LIVING WATER (John 7:37-38). This last segment, I will be looking at Quenching The Thirst in Your Home
Just as God planted the Garden of Eden, provided a river to water the garden and cause everything in it to remain fresh (Genesis 2:8; which means pleasure & delight), He also instituted marriage & family life (Genesis 2:18, 21-25) desiring that with His living water, you will only experience pleasure and delight.
Rivers are of tremendous help to humanity. One of such ways a river is useful to man is that it provides water for several uses – for quenching thirst, bathing, refreshing, and for cleansing, etc. God’s intention for you is that every thirst you are experiencing in your marriage and family life will be quenched by the `river of living water’ which the Lord Jesus gives.
Thirst will make a married man or woman go after someone else other than their spouse and refuse to return home. It is thirst in the family that makes children prefer to seek for dangerous adventure outside the home; it also makes a married man stay back in the office, even when he does not have anything doing. Such a home lacks fulfilment. Thirst makes some women prefer to compare their husbands with other men, and give excuses rather than fulfil conjugal rights. They lack the refreshing needed for a cool atmosphere at home. This is far from God’s plan for the family. Open up to the Lord Jesus because He said, if any man thirst let him come to me and drink. He will quench your thirst and place a river of refreshing in your home.
The presence of a river, among other things, is for cleansing. Therefore, Jesus in your home should produce a cleansing; He helps the Christian live a life of righteousness and a life of cleanliness, inside and outside. When besieged by all types of unclean habits, immorality, etc, whether introduced by people, in-laws etc, with the Word of God, you will have heaven’s help and power to deal with them.
The Importance of River
1) A river gives water, which is a principal component in the growth of a plant. The Lord Jesus, the Provider of the ‘river of living water’ is a principal party in the growth of a healthy, homely family.
2) Rivers can generate electricity to various homes. Jesus, the ‘rivers of living water’, also generates spiritual light and heat to create a warm atmosphere in your home.
3) Just like physical rivers have mineral deposits, precious stones and treasures in them, there are diverse treasures in this ‘rivers of living water’ that Jesus brings into your home. Some of them are: laughter, inner peace, rest of mind, satisfaction, joy & love, instead of fears, insecurity, instability and depression. He also brings comfort, hope, honour, respect, dignity, quietness and a future, instead of shame. These are all treasures money can’t buy. Only the presence of Jesus and His Word in your home can bring such treasurable experiences. So, make sure you have invited Him into your life and home?
There are those who invite Him into their lives but tell Him (the Lord), not to come near some areas of their lives like their finances, bank accounts or their relationships (maybe with husband/wife or children). They don’t want Jesus and His Word to interfere with such areas of their lives. For a lasting solution, you need to allow Jesus and His Word to take charge of the affairs of every area of your life, including private and personal areas. Allow Him to influence every aspect of your life and home and then you will be able to enjoy the ‘rivers of living water’ which He brings to quench every thirst in your home. Be controlled by His Word (the Bible).
Invite Him in, ask Him into every area or aspect of your life and home, and you will begin to experience changes from that moment as you obey His instructions.
Before the living water can flow into your life, you have to surrender your life to Jesus Christ Who is the living water. This is by confessing your sins and accepting Jesus as your Saviour and Lord. If you are ready for this new birth experience, please say this prayer: “Dear Lord Jesus, I come to You today as a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. I believe You died and rose on the third day for my sins. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom.”
Congratulations, you are now born again! I believe that you will begin to experience the reality of the price that Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. All-round rest and peace are guaranteed you in Jesus’ Name! May your Christmas be filled with happiness, love, laughter, and all the heavenly blessings …Happy Christmas and Happy New Year in advance! Call or write, and share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org; OR 07026385437 and 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building A Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).